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Town sewage fee to stay the same

The Common Council voted, 6-0, Tuesday night to charge the town the same amount it paid last year for accepting its sewage.

The town will pay the city $596,855 annually for 2007 and 2008, the same it paid for 2006.

City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney said the agreement is a renewal of the contract made between the two entities in August 2003. He also said members of the Council want to come up with a new agreement, but the city needs to conduct a rate study first.

The town and city first agreed to send the sewage through the city's collector system in December 1969.

About 20 attended the meeting, held in the Municipal Building.

In another matter, Alderwoman Flora M. McKenzie, D-3rd Ward, said during a work session she is trying to implement a citizen's request to say a prayer before city meetings.

The citizen brought up the request six months ago, she said, saying it should have been done back then.

Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said the Council could hold a moment of silence prior to its meetings.

Council President John Lombardi III said, "As far as the prayer, it's up to the mayor."

No action was taken at the regular meeting to implement the suggestion.

In another matter, the Common Council voted, 6-0, to allow Inferno Baseball to use the 90-foot baseball field at Outwater Park for the group's tournaments July 27 to 29 and Aug. 3 to 5.

The approval is subject to the approval of the schedule of the Highways and Parks Department and Inferno Baseball's filing a certificate of insurance with the city.

The Common Council will next meet at 7 p.m. May 2 in the Municipal Building, One Locks Plaza.

e-mail: pkowalik@buffnews.com

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